Many movies based on books are compare unfavorably to the piece of writing that inspired them. But The Perks Of Being a Wallflower, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, the author of the original novel, stands alone as a movie.
This movie is a quietly powerful coming of age story, full of romance, drama, and friendship. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller, the movie uses a whirlwind of teenage emotions to weave a complicated web of love, fear, and confusion.
Lerman plays a socially awkward freshman named Charlie, who tries to find a place in high school while overcoming the recent suicide of his best friend. Lerman expertly captures the scared, introverted attitude of this character. You would never guess that Lerman is actually six years older than the character he is playing.
Watson adopted a convincing American accent to become her character, Sam. Sam is a free-spirited senior who adopts Charlie as a friend, and has a complicated past she from which she would like to distance herself.
Miller, who plays Sam’s spunky half-brother, Sebastian, brings a different variety of teenage angst to the table. His character deals with both the smaller, more relatable issues like his failure of a woodshop project, and the larger, more abstract dramas surrounding his sexuality.
Lerman, Watson, and Miller make Perks the must-see movie right now. The film is very relatable, and includes situations common to the average teenager as well as more dramatic elements.
This movie is refreshing, after the recent onslaughts of fantastical and sometimes supernatural “teen movies,” such as The Twilight Saga and High School Musical. This movie has accomplished one thing that many others have not: they made a sympathetic movie teenagers can really enjoy.